Port Moody could take lead on class-action lawsuit against big oil corporations: mayor

Last September, Port Moody approved a plan to spend more than $11 million over the next 16 years to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from 27 civic facilities.

Date: February 14, 2024
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Port Moody will consider joining a class-action lawsuit against fossil fuel companies to make them accountable for their role in climate change.

Port Moody Mayor Meghan Lahti suggested the city might be open to acting as the suit’s lead plaintiff.

“We can’t underestimate the damage climate change has done,” she said. “I think anything we can do to mitigate the costs toward the city, we should be looking at.”

Mark Norbury of the Laudato Si’ Circle, a local ministry focused on environmental advocacy, told councillors it would cost the city about $36,000 to join the lawsuit — a dollar for each resident. Norbury said the possibility of recouping some of that money represents “a good return on investment” for the city.

Coun. Callan Morrison said time is of the essence. “We are in a climate crisis. This is an emergency.”

Justin Arseneault [also of the Laudato Si’ Circle] said he thinks the proposed lawsuit makes a good case; 28 law professors across the country agree it has a sound legal basis and similar class actions have been won in other jurisdictions.

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